Kevin Feige talks about MARVEL PHASE TWO – Hiring the right directors, going cosmic and standalone Guardians

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It looks like another bumper year for Marvel, when it comes to movies. Iron Man 3 arrives soon, Thor returns to lay down the hammer at the end of the year, Captain America is busy shooting a sequel for early release next year and the Guardians of the Galaxy are on track in pre-production so far.

They’re all part of the second phase of films which will lead directly to a second Avengers movie, hinting at a more cosmic adventure for the earth’s mightiest heroes. And to add further nudges and winks to that earthbound departure, comes Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige to drop a few more deets on the approach that Phase two will be taking.

“The Thor film and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic,” Feige said to SFX.

Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre.

Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.

As for that film which happens to be 100% cosmic, Guardians of the Galaxy, Feige said that it will be more of a standalone film that won’t actually be that integral to the overall story being prepared for the second Avengers film;

It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.

Phase Two officially starts with Iron Man 3 on May 3,  Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.

That’s a whole lot of spandex and capes.

Last Updated: March 5, 2013

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